B+H launches national sustainable design competition

September 11, 2012

As strong proponents of sustainable design, B+H wants to encourage new thought and new work in this area. Through this design challenge, we are inviting students to be a part of designing the future.

The Evolve Sustainable Design Competition is open to architecture and engineering students across Canada, who will work together in multi-disciplinary teams to design a net-zero energy and water-wise bank branch for our competition sponsors, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).

Teams must register by November 5, 2012 and submit their entries by December 31, 2012. An expert jury, including representatives from B+H and RBC along with industry experts, will review and evaluate submissions based on how they address the specific issues of the design challenge. The winning team will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the honourable mention team will receive $2,500.

This competition is an opportunity for students to develop innovative and practical solutions, and to have their work recognized by top industry professionals. Sustainable design is an integral part of the B+H process, and we are looking forward to seeing the designs that students create for this competition. The emphasis on cross-disciplinary teams highlights the fact that innovative sustainable design requires precise and deep integration of all disciplines and sectors related to design and construction, especially architecture and engineering.  

The designs that result from this process will illustrate ways in which it’s possible to minimize the energy and water use in a typical bank branch, while providing a platform for employees, clients and the community to experience how sustainable building practices can be made part of everyday life.

Winning designs will be published in February 2013.



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